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SpaceX Booster Reuse: Improvements We’ve Seen

Since the first Falcon 9 landed successfully, back in December 2015, there has been constant improvement with how they process the landed first stage boosters. Most of this we can’t see, but there is still a lot we can. This article is about the improvements in booster processing that we, the rocket-stalking public, have seen…

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One Minute Off Mars

Photo credit: JPL-CALTECH/NASA April 19th, 2021- NASA’s Ingenuity rover makes first flight, lifting off Mars for the first time. For over six years, NASA has been working on bringing Ingenuity’s flight on Mars a reality. The helicopter is 1.6ft tall, has four legs and a fuselage, pretty basic but all that’s needed. Inside the fuselage…

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NASA Announces SpaceX as Sole Provider for Human Landing System

In a blockbuster, NASA announced on Friday the selection of SpaceX and the Starship lunar lander concept (“Moonship”?) as the sole human lunar landing system of the Artemis program. This comes after a year-long competitive bidding process between SpaceX, the Blue Origin-led national team, and Dynetics for the Human Landing system. The selection of SpaceX…

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Starlink L23 Makes A Daylight Spectacle

Photo Credit: Zac Shaul – NHS April 7th, 2021, 12:23 PM Est – from SLC-40 at CCSFS atop a Falcon 9 rocket With a slew of launches happening overnight this year SpaceX has decided high noon for it’s next Starlink show down. Well just after high noon anyway, at twenty-three minutes past the hour Falcon…

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